Transient MRI abnormalities associated with partial status epilepticus: A case report

Carmelo Amato, Maurizio Elia, Sebastiano A. Musumeci, Pierluigi Bisceglie, Massimo Moschini

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We report the case of an 18-year-old woman who presented a long-lasting cluster of partial seizures, and MRI cortical abnormalities localized in the left parietal lobe. The MRI changes correlated with the site of the epileptogenic focus, and disappeared within 2 weeks. The recognition of these reversible MRI abnormalities, which are presumably due to a temporary alteration of blood-brain barrier in the epileptogenic zone with subsequent edema, and are not associated with any underlying organic conditions, is extremely useful in the medical management of the patient and allows to avoid other invasive diagnostic procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-54
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Radiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2001


  • Blood-brain barrier
  • Cerebral edema
  • MRI
  • Reversible MRI abnormalities
  • Status epilepticus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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